New bill filed amending the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers

New bill filed amending the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers

New bill filed amending the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers

In the news, There is a New bill filed which aims amending the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers.

Assistant Minority Leader and ACT Teachers Representative France Castro filed House Bill no. 8058 or the Magna Carta of Public School Teachers amending RA 4670 or the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers.

RA 4670 or the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers was enacted 54 years ago. Many changes in the conditions of the public education system have occurred which would require the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers to be revisited and updated,” Castro stated. “HB 8058 or the Magna Carta of Public School Teachers revisits and updates provisions from RA 4670 which will reflect the demands of public school teachers of the 21st century.”

“54 years is a long time, many changes in teaching methods, requirements and demands have been made. Now that teachers are asked to be 21st century teachers, it is high time that the Magna Carta of public school teachers also reflect 21st century demands for adequate salaries and benefits that commensurate to their functions and status, a more humane terms and conditions of work be realized and for greater protection in the performance of their duties within and outside schools be observed of public school teachers,” Castro added.

“In our proposed Magna Carta of Public School teachers, major amendments include a shorter period of four teaching hours; stronger protection for teachers hired on probationary status (parity in terms of salaries, benefits, and conditions of work with regular teachers, among others), and limitations on allowable salary deductions. Teaching in the time of COVID-19 also requires emphasizing the mandatory and free nature of health benefits for public school teachers,” Castro noted.

“We also proposed new provisions that expressly grant public school teachers protection from out-of-pocket expenses, being assigned with non-teaching work as a general rule, unregulated class sizes and other conditions detrimental to teaching, and understaffing and overloading. The hiring of substitute teachers when necessary is now also expressed as a duty of the Department of Education. Overwhelming and long-standing demands for conditions conducive to work and teacher protection in class management and student discipline are likewise reflected in the bill,” Castro added.

“Protection of rights of teachers to organize unions, substantive rights related to sex and gender, broader protection with regards to rights, benefits and leaves under other laws are also expressed in the proposed amended Magna Carta. Further, heavier penalties are provided for violation of any provisions of the Magna Carta of Public School Teachers are made with the intention of strictly implementing the law and making genuine the rights, benefits and privileges of public school teachers are made,” Castro said.

“We urge the leaders of the House of Representatives to urgently hear this proposed bill as it forwards the needs and demands of the teachers’ sector in the country. With our proposed HB 5783 or the Magna Carta for Private School Teachers and HB 8058 or the Magna Carta of Public School Teachers, we hope that these bills will also be a priority of this Congress as this is a step towards honoring our frontliners in education in both public and private schools,” Castro ended.

SOURCE: ACT

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